Regular readers of The Vibes will be familiar with this piece of art which I produced back in the mists of time. I’ve entered it in a mural-painting competition at Manchester’s Molly House pub in the Gay Village. The idea is to bring art into the Village to make the bars and buildings more vibrant and interesting. There are 29 entries which you can view here http://goo.gl/FR78rA and my entry is Number 20. If you’d like to vote, and I’d really appreciate if you did, my lovely readers (all 1400 of you!) you can do so here https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RSMCLVH where you can award Gold, Silver and Bronze to three lucky artists. The competition closes at the weekend so vote now, thanks.
The ultimate aim of the competition is to raise funds to have an art space in the Village, so it’s a good cause and fantastic publicity for me! Below you can see how a page from a magazine became a paper collage, digital painting and then (you decide) maybe a three-storey mural.
Categories: Art, Design, Random, Vibe Monitor
Tags: collage, digital painting, Gay, gay village, Manchester, Mark Wallis, Mural, Mural Competition, Religion, The Molly House Manchester
Who knows the full story behind the death of Robin Williams? While the world speculates about suicide and depression, the only good to come out of such a terrible loss is the increased awareness of The Invisible Illness.
The chemical imbalance in the brain that leads people to give up on everything they should hold dear. You can’t point to it, you don’t come out in a rash or turn purple, which makes it so hard to treat. Depression tells you that nothing is worth it, and you believe it because that voice comes from within. It’s this fundamental misfire which holds so many people back from asking for help. Asking for help involves admitting you have a problem, and so the door of stigma opens: other people’s attitudes to mental health are the biggest barrier to care and healing.
Everyone needs some kind of support, depressed or not. But the most difficult thing to accept is that someone has decided they want to stop living – that the pain of living with The Invisible Illness has become unbearable. To find that someone might be unreachable and that the best thing for them is to let them go is almost impossible to comprehend.
To say that suicide is ‘selfish’ is to deny the presence of a corrosive condition that often erodes the self.
‘Tears of a clown’ is a strange cliche, but until the truth emerges, I want to remember the joy that Robin Williams brought me as a child watching Mork and Mindy after school. A legacy of happiness.
Categories: Design, Random, Vibe Monitor
Tags: 1970s, comedy, depression, Entertainment, Gay, mental health, Mork and Mindy, Robin Williams, seventies, suicide
Now you can sing into your hairbrush when you get ready for the live shows coming up next month. This is how I get my studio tan – by remixing Kate Bush. A chance meeting of the minds lead to this jaunty little version of the sensual slow-burner from the wonderful Aerial album. You might know the track, but you’ve never heard it quite like this before.
Categories: Music, Random, Vibe Monitor, Video
Tags: Aerial, An Architect's Dream, Boogitron, Kate Bush, Live, Mark Wallis, remix, The Devious Corporation
For the first time in 15 years, I’m painting again, exhibiting my work at the Sin In My Heart show in Manchester. Once upon a time, in Amsterdam, I had one of my oil paintings up in a sex shop. But as our curator, Paul Darling remarked, nobody goes to a sex shop to look at the art! When word went out that the theme of the new exhibition was sex, death, sin and religion, I put myself forward as a contributor. How could I not?
Announcing my new piece, oil on canvas 76x91cm, entitled X (the following is NSW) Continue reading
Categories: Art, Random, Vibe Monitor
Tags: artist, christianity, Gay, Homoerotic, jesus, Mark Wallis, Oil on Canvas, Oil Painting, painter, painting, Religion, The Vibes
This week I had two videos pulled from YouTube. People were claiming to be me and trying to get credit for my remix and the little movie I made to go with it. I was going to leave them to it, flattered that they liked my stuff, but then I remembered the mountain of work involved in completing both the video and the soundtrack. And none of this was for personal gain – just a tribute to my favourite band. For a humble fan-mix, it’s certainly caused some trouble…
Watch the video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEc8Mmqmlus
Categories: Art, Design, Music, Photography, Random, Vibe Monitor, Video
Tags: Goldfrapp, Mark Wallis, piracy, Tales of Us, The Devious Corporation, Thea, Thea (Totem Mix), theft